April 1, 2014 |
It's game over, but Matt “Nadeshot” Haag keeps staring at the TV monitor with a haunted, distant look while his teammates unceremoniously pack up their Xbox controllers. This is not the face you'd expect from someone who just won $120,000 playing video games, but Nadeshot consistently faces a Derrick Rose -level of scrutiny from the enormous world of professional “Call of Duty.” In the three years since he won the world title in 2011, Nadeshot has leveraged his charismatic personality and social media wizardry to emerge as the most famous pro gamer in North America.
February 6, 2014 |
"So, are you like ... a gamer?" I hear this question on nearly every first date, and it makes me grimace every time. I usually admit that I am, but in an apologetic, slightly embarrassed, aw-shucks-I-know-it's-kind-of-ridiculous-but-what-are-you-gonna-do kind of way. It's not that I'm embarrassed about enjoying pixelated entertainment, it's just that the word "gamer" is such a stupid and outdated term that I wish we as a society could burn...
October 8, 2013 |
When I last spoke with Michael Mendheim , he was promoting his newest graphic novel " The Four Horsemen ", a story that he had adapted from a proposed video game and published under the Heavy Metal imprint. Since then, he's returned to producing video games with his sights set on bringing back an all-time classic! With a Kickstarter campaign running to fund the game, Mendheim took some time from his busy schedule to talk about the challenges of reviving "Mutant Football League" : Michael...
September 9, 2013 |
Fall is almost here - meaning 'tis the season to bypass the beach and instead curl up with a warm gaming console in the comforts of your living room. The next three months traditionally are the most important in the gaming world, but with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on the way, the end of 2013 is shaping up to be the biggest period yet. Take a peek at what you can expect. Beyond: Two Souls Oct. 8, PS3 Proof that the thin line between Hollywood and Silicon Valley has blurred beyond recognition, "Beyond: Two Souls" feels like a movie/video game hybrid.
August 7, 2013 |
Playing video games online against strangers is fun, and controlling your favorite athletes through video games is fun too. But what if the stranger you played against was also your favorite athlete? Retired Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is the co-founder of OverDog, a mobile app that allows athletes to challenge their fans to video games. The app is still in its early development stage and is currently free for both fans and players. Hillenmeyer gives RedEye his rundown on Chicago athlete gamers, from the regular winners to the...
April 29, 2013 |
Mysterious protagonist Aiden Pearce might be the star of the upcoming video game "Watch Dogs," but downtown Chicago lights up the box art. Comissioned by Ubisoft to paint a scene that contained both the iconic visage of the Willis Tower and an "L" train in the background, artist Alex Ross recently drove down to the Loop from his Glenview home and hunted for a perfect background. He chose a section of LaSalle Street between Wacker Drive and Lake Street, which he later painted complete with Pearce, the menacing masked man who...